National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Melanie Chatham

Melanie ChathamEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Dec 2012

NASA Academy Research Project
Catalyst Processing and Analysis for Green Fuel Production
(Subsonic Fixed Wing Project)

Dr. Aloysius Hepp and Dr. Ana De La Ree

Hometown: Eugene, OR


Academic and Work Experience

NASA Space Grant Intern (2010-2012)

  • Researching the effect of Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Strength Aluminum alloys
  • Design and test an environmental change for in-situ testing
  • Complete multiple tests and evaluate the data

Techservices at Embry-Riddle Library (2011-2012)

  • Process new material
  • Maintain current book and periodical collections

Taco Bell (2008-2011)

  • Shift Leader
  • In charge of inventory, labor, and ICOS at the end of the week
  • Responsible for shift and delegating tasks to other employees

Memberships and Activities

  • Student Advisory Board Member for AE/ME Department
  • Tau Beta Pi charter member
  • Sigma Gamma Tau member

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List (2008-2010)
  • The Boeing Company College of Engineering Scholarship


  • Computer skills: CATIA, ANSYS, ANSYS WB, MATLAB, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher
  • Other skills: Management and Research

Hobbies and Interests: Painting, Reading, Writing

Future Goals

After school, I hope to obtain an entry-level position in a company or organization that has the same goals as I do concerning space travel. I want to help make space available for everyone, whether this includes travel or space habitats. My ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut.

What I hope to accomplish during my time at the NASA Academy is to get a deeper feel of how NASA works. I also wish to obtain skills that my university is unable to provide so I can apply them in future endeavors.